Rhetoric in Digital Environments: Calendar

Spring 2008

January

M 14: "Beginnings"
Preparation
• Please examine the course web site concentrating on the syllabus and the course calendar.
In-Class Activities
• Introductions. We will examine course requirements and mechanics. We will address course goals in relation to beginning our course narrative.

W 16: "Classical Statements, Contested Definitions"
Preparation
• Please read the course assignments — Question Formation and Analysis, the Course Project, and the Wiki Project.
• Please review "As We May Think" (Vannevar Bush)
• Please review Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants (Marc Prensky; PDF)
• Please review all sections (what, why, how, who, when) of Elizabeth Losh's presentation "Digital Rhetoric: Genres, Disciplines, and Trends."
In-Class Activities
In-Class Activities
We will discuss course assignments. We will establish an initial historical and conceptual framework for considering definitions of digital rhetoric or rhetoric in digital environments.

M 21: Martin Luther King Holiday
Class will not meet.

W 23: "What are Digital Environments? Rhetoric(s)?
Preparation
• Please read "Digital Rhetoric: Toward an Integrated Theory." (James Zappen; PDF)
• Please read the Introduction (pgs. 1-22) of Rhetorical Hermeneutics (Gross and Keith)
• Please review Teaching Digital Rhetoric: Community, Critical Engagement, and Application." (DigiRhet.org; PDF)
• For additional references to courses and academic trends involving digital rhetoric, take a look at the courses listed on the resources page.
In-Class Activities
• We will take an overview of digital rhetoric as a field of inquiry and begin examining the idea of rhetoric as means of criticism and interpretation.

M 28: "Global Rhetoric"
Preparation
• Team 1, please bring a copy of your questions and references to class and post your questions to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. (Q1) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
• Please read Chapter 1: "The Idea of Rhetoric" (pgs. 25-85; Dilip Gaonkar) in Rhetorical Hermeneutics
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the questions posed in response to the assigned reading.

W 30: "Interpretation or Substance?"
Preparation
• Please review "Digital Footprints: Online identity management and search in the age of transparency" (Pew Internet & American Life Project)
• Team 2, please bring a copy of your question evaluations and to class and post your evaluations to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. by the beginning of class. (E1) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading and evaluations of Monday's questions.

February

F 1
Siva Vaidhyanathan will give a workshop — "The Non-Opticon" (12:30, 342 Squires) — and a seminar —"The Googilization of Everything" (4:00, 3100 Torgersen). The workshop will be based on "Digital Footprints" (above) and the talk will be based on his book in progress — "The Googlization of Everything."

M 4: "Defending Rhetoric as Interpretation"
Preparation
• Team 2, please bring a copy of your questions and references to class and post your questions to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. (Q2) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
• Please read "The Idea of Rhetoric as Interpretive Practice" (pgs. 89-100; Michael Leff), "Strategic Reading" (pgs. 113-137; John Angus Campbell) and "Classical Rhetoric Without Nostalgia" (pgs. 156-171; Carolyn Miller) in Rhetorical Hermeneutics
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the questions posed in response to the assigned reading.

W 6: "A 'Lush Research Tradition'"
Preparation
Preliminary Statement Assignment Due
• Team 1, please bring a copy of your question evaluations and to class and post your evaluations to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. by the beginning of class. (E2) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
• Please read "Rhetoric's Lot" (pgs. 172-191 Charles Arthur Willard) in Rhetorical Hermeneutics.
Periodic Reminder: By week's end, please make sure you have made a contribution to the class wiki article.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading and evaluations of Monday's questions.

M 11: "A Future for Rhetoric?"
Preparation
• Team 1, please bring a copy of your questions and references to class and post your questions to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. (Q3) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
• Please read "Instrumentalism, Contextualism, and Interpretation in Rhetorical Criticism" (pgs. 195-224; James Jasinski), "'Rhetoric of Science': Double the Trouble?" (pgs. 279-298; Steve Fuller), and "The Rhetorical Critic and the Invisible Polis" (Andrew King; pgs. 299-314) in Rhetorical Hermeneutics.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the questions posed in response to the assigned reading.

W 13: "Turn and Turn Again"
Preparation
• Team 2, please bring a copy of your question evaluations and to class and post your evaluations to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. by the beginning of class. (E3) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
• Please read "Close Reading of the Third Kind" (pgs. 330-356) Dilip Gaonkar in Rhetorical Hermeneutics.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading and evaluations of Monday's questions.

M 18: "Conceiving Print Culture"
Preparation
• Team 2, please bring a copy of your questions and references to class and post your questions to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. (Q4) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
• Please read the Preface (pgs. vii-x) and Chapters 1-12 (pgs. 3-117) in Double Fold (Baker).
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the questions posed in response to the assigned reading.

W 20: "The Permanency of Paper"
Preparation
• Team 1, please bring a copy of your question evaluations and to class and post your evaluations to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. by the beginning of class. (E4) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
• Please read Chapters 13-19 (pgs. 118-167) in Double Fold (Baker).
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading and evaluations of Monday's questions.

M 25: "Oral Addresses"
Preparation
Oral Addresses.
In-Class Activities
• Please be prepared to present or ask questions of the presenters.

W 27: "Oral Addresses"
Preparation
Oral Addresses.
Periodic Reminder: By week's end, please make sure you have made a contribution to the class wiki article.
In-Class Activities
• Please be prepared to present or ask questions of the presenters.

March

Spring Break

M 10: "Plastic, Not Paper"
Preparation
• Team 1, please bring a copy of your questions and references to class and post your questions to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. (Q5) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
• Please read Chapters 20-32 (pgs. 168-233) in Double Fold (Baker).
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the questions posed in response to the assigned reading.

W 12: "Everything Digital"
Preparation
• Team 2, please bring a copy of your question evaluations and to class and post your evaluations to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. by the beginning of class. (E5) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
• Please read Chapters 33-the Epilogue (pgs. 234-270) in Double Fold (Baker).
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading and evaluations of Monday's questions.

M 17: "Digital Counterculture"
Preparation
• Team 2, please bring a copy of your questions and references to class and post your questions to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. (Q6) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
• Please read the Introduction (pgs. 1-10) and Chapters 1-2 (pgs. 11-68) in From Counterculture to Cyberculture (Turner).
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the questions posed in response to the assigned reading.

W 19: "Catalog as Metaphor"
Preparation
• Team 1, please bring a copy of your question evaluations and to class and post your evaluations to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. by the beginning of class. (E6) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
• Please read Chapter 3 (pgs. 69-102) in From Counterculture to Cyberculture (Turner).
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading and evaluations of Monday's questions.

M 24: "Now a Virtual Community"
Preparation
• Team 1, please bring a copy of your questions and references to class and post your questions to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. (Q7) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
• Please read Chapters 4-5 (pgs. 103-174) in From Counterculture to Cyberculture (Turner).
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the questions posed in response to the assigned reading.

W 26: "The New Economy"
Preparation
• Team 2, please bring a copy of your question evaluations and to class and post your evaluations to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. by the beginning of class. (E7) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
• Please read Chapter 6 (pgs. 175-206) in From Counterculture to Cyberculture (Turner).
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading and evaluations of Monday's questions.

M 31: "The Wire"
Preparation
• Team 2, please bring a copy of your questions and references to class and post your questions to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. (Q8) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
• Please read Chapters 7 and 8 (pgs. 207-262) in From Counterculture to Cyberculture (Turner).
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading.

April

W 2: "All About Networks"
Preparation
• Team 1, please bring a copy of your question evaluations and to class and post your evaluations to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. by the beginning of class. (E8) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
Periodic Reminder: By week's end, please make sure you have made a contribution to the class wiki article.
In-Class Activities
• We will continue our discussion based on Monday's readings.

M 7: "The Digital Public Sphere"
Preparation
• Please read Chapter 1 (pgs. 1-24) in Rhetoric Online (Warnick).
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading.

W 9: "Online Persuasion"
Preparation
Project In-Progress Due
• Please read Chapter 2 (pgs. 25-44) in Rhetoric Online (Warnick).
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading and evaluations of Monday's questions.

M 14: "Digital Credibility"
Preparation
• Please read Chapter 3 (pgs. 45-67) in Rhetoric Online (Warnick).
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned readings.

W 16: University Remembrance Day
Class will not meet.
Please e-mail rubrics to the project developers.

M 21: "Understanding Interactivity"
Preparation
• Please read Chapter 4 (pgs. 69-90) in Rhetoric Online (Warnick).
• Team 1, please bring a copy of your questions and references to class and post your questions to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. (Q9) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the questions posed in response to the assigned reading.

W 23: "Rhetoric and Intertexuality"
Preparation
• Please read Chapter 5-6 (pgs. 91-127) in Rhetoric Online (Warnick).
• Team 2, please bring a copy of your question evaluations and to class and post your evaluations to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. by the beginning of class. (E9) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
Periodic Reminder: By week's end, please make sure you have made a contribution to the class wiki article.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading and evaluations of Monday's questions.

M 28: "Reconsiderations"
Preparation
• Please re-read Chapter 1: "The Idea of Rhetoric" (pgs. 25-85; Dilip Gaonkar) in Rhetorical Hermeneutics
• Team 2, please re-read Team 1's questions and your analyses from Monday, January 28. Based on your re-reading of the questions and of Gaonkar's article, and given what has transpired in the class, please pose three to five programmatic research questions concerning rhetoric in digital environments. Please bring a copy of your questions and to class and post your questions to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. (Q10) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the questions posed.

W 30: "Futures"
Preparation
• Team 1, please bring a copy of your question evaluations and to class and post your evaluations to the appropriate forum on the course wiki by the beginning of class. by the beginning of class. (E10) For reference, please consult the Question Formation and Analysis Assignment.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading and evaluations of Monday's questions.

May

F 2
Please have your course project realized no later than 9:45.
Please make any final contributions or revisions to the wiki article no later than 9:45.

Digital Rhetoric